RTI Applicant charged with misuse of BPL status
The Additional Sessions Judge, Hisar, Sant Parkash dismissed the anticipatory bail petition of Mr. Manoj Kumar Karwasra who was booked under IPC sections 419, 420 and 120-B on the complaint of the President of St Sophia School Education Society, Mr. BS Rana. Mr. Karwasra was charged with the misuse of Below Poverty Line (BPL) card of Jeet Ram to seek information free of any charges as under the RTI Act, as BPL card-holders can seek information without paying any fee. Mr. Jeet Ram confirmed that Karwasra used his BPL card.
Mr. Karwasra had joined at St Sophia School, Hisar, in 2003 as a physical education teacher on contractual basis. His services were terminated in 2005, allegedly for not making available his academic certificates, willful absence and intolerant behaviour with the colleagues which was which upheld by the Court. Thereafter, the school administration alleges that he started seeking information from the school under the RTI whereas his counsel pleaded that he was a whistle-blower.